Workshop on Intergenerational Justice and Democracy 5-6 September

Time: September 5-6, 2018

Venue: University of Tampere, Pinni B4117  (address: Kanslerinrinne 1)

The themes of the workshop concern intergenerational justice and democratic decision making from a philosophical perspective. Keynote speakers include Simone Caney, Kai Spikermann, Eerik Lagerspetz and Eva Erman.


Wednesday 5 September 2018

10.00 Opening

10.00–11.15 Simon Caney, University of Warwick, ”Democratic theory, intergenerational justice and overcoming short-termism in decision-making”

11.15–11.45 Coffee break

11.45–13.00 Kai Spiekermann, London School of Economics, TBA

13.00–14.00 Lunch

14.00–15.15 Eerik Lagerspetz, University of Turku, ”The all-affected principle: A critique”

15.15–16.15 Teea Kortetmäki, University of Tampere, Convergent visions in a divergent world? Long-term policy paths and pragmatism”

16.15–16.45 Coffee break

16.45–17.45 Simo Kyllönen, University of Helsinki, ”Democratic ways of promoting intergenerational justice”


Thursday 6 September 2018

09.30–10.45 Eva Erman, University of Stockholm, “A function-sensitive approach to the political legitimacy of global governance”

10.45–11.15 Coffee break

11.15 –12.30 Michael MacKenzie, University of Pittsburgh, TBC

12.30–13.45 Lunch

13.45–14.45 Säde Hormio, University of Helsinki, “Advocating on behalf of future generations: Juliana v. U.S.”

14.45–15.45 Markku Oksanen, University of Eastern Finland, “Environmental human rights and long-term decision-making”

Details will follow soon.

PALO – Participation in Long-Term Decision Making is a multidisciplinary research project that analyzes problems of practices of long-term decision-making. With the objective to strengthen democracy, PALO develops better practices for deliberative citizen participation. The consortium partners are University of Turku, Åbo Akademi University, Natural Resources Institute Finland and University of Tampere. The project is funded by the Strategic Research Council (SRC) at the Academy of Finland.

Further information: Please direct questions about the event to Kaisa Herne kaisa.herne(at)

Workshop poster (pdf)